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For a Europe people can trust: a proposal for a solid European Pillar of Social Rights


04 May 2017

For a Europe people can trust: a proposal for a solid European Pillar of Social Rights

The Party of European Socialists fights for a Europe that stands against inequality, for decent working conditions, and for strong social protection.

This was the conclusion of the PES Social Europe network, which met in Brussels today.

Representatives of PES member parties, social partners and MEPs discussed the European Pillar of Social Rights, new forms of employment and social protection in the digital economy, as well as inequalities within and between Member States and the revision of the Posted Workers Directive.

Following the recently published proposal by the European Commission, a central part of the discussion was dedicated to the European Pillar of Social Rights

The network developed concrete policy proposals to ensure that the European Pillar of Social Rights strikes a new balance in favour of a more social Europe and strengthens the social acquis.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“Social rights must take priority over economic freedoms, not the other way around. At PES, we have made this case for many years and we expect the European Commission to promote a more ambitious Pillar of Social Rights.

“A list of principles is not enough. We want concrete measures that mark a clear social path for Europe. It must not become simply another initiative."

The PES Social Europe network further outlined tangible solutions when addressing the impact of digitalisation on employment and social protection - an important aspect of the Pillar of Social Rights.

Pervenche Berès said:

We want to make sure that all workers, whatever their status, are protected and benefit from decent jobs; that no one is alienated from the labour market; and that the additional flexibility offered by new technologies does not turn into more precarious jobs.”

The meeting also announced the next Youth Action Day which will take place on 19 May, confirming youth as a PES priority in its fight for a more social Europe, rebuilding the EU’s credibility.

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